Haddonfield Chapter Activities
Members of the Haddonfield Chapter give hundreds of volunteer hours each year in support of the NSDAR mission of promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Among the projects we support are:
New Jersey State Regent's Project
Our New Jersey State Regent, Diane Argraves, has created Project Violet, which raises funds for the restoration and upkeep of DAR Headquarters buildings in Washington, D.C.; the NJDAR Headquarters, Watson House; the New Jersey Cottage at the Tamassee DAR School in South Carolina; and the many properties owned and/or supported by New Jersey’s chapters here in our own state. Our chapter supports this project with enthusiasm and is very proud of the work accomplished through Project Violet.
Part of the funds we raise during each year are used to provide a one-year college scholarship award for a daughter or granddaughter of a chapter member. This is a competitive scholarship, and is awarded to a graduating high school senior.
DAR Essay Contests
Our Haddonfield Chapter historian works with area schools each year to promote both the American History Essay Contest (grades 5-8) and the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest (grades 9-12). Students are asked to write an essay on an assigned topic, and winners are selected at the chapter, state, and national levels. Both essay contests are open to all students in public, private, or parochial schools, and to those who are home-schooled.
DAR Good Citizens
Our DAR Good Citizens Committee chairman works with schools in our area to select recipients of the DAR Good Citizens Award each year. Recipients of our chapter DAR Good Citizens award are graduating high school seniors, who are honored during our annual April awards program.
Carroll McNamara with a recent patriotic display in the Haddonfield Public Library
Each year we raise funds to help support one of the DAR-supported schools. During 2012-2013, our financial support will be used to help the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School. In addition, we collect labels for the Labels for Education program throughout the year in support of Bacone College. DAR Schools assist underserved children and youth and provide educational opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
Chapter members are responsible for creating patriotic displays in the Haddonfield and Haddon Township public libraries several times each year. Recent displays have focused on Flag Day, Constitution Week, Revolutionary era ancestors of chapter members, World War II women veterans, and activities of the Haddonfield Chapter throughout the year.
Native American Heritage Association
Guided by our American Indians Chairman Barbara Morgan, our chapter collects warm sweaters and other winter clothing for children and donates them through the Native American Heritage Association (NAHA). In addition, our chapter raises funds for NAHA Winter Rescue, which provides heating oil for Native American families during the bitterly cold winter months.
Members of our chapter volunteer as escorts for the Stand Down program, an annual outreach event for homeless veterans. Stand Down offers a wide variety of health, social, and other services to these men and women who served our country and now need our help in return. In addition, our chapter raises funds to help provide financial support for Stand Down of South Jersey.
USO — the United Service Organization — is a non-profit, non-political, congressionally chartered organization, recognized by the Department of Defense, Congress and the President of the United States, who serves as its Honorary Chairman. The USO provides an ongoing way to offer support to our men and women in uniform, and to their families, through an extensive range of programs and entertainment events each year. Thousands of USO volunteers do everything possible to provide a home away from home for our troops and to keep them connected to the families they left behind.
Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and thanking our veterans for their service and sacrifice. The Wreaths Across America mission is “Remember. Honor. Teach.” The annual wreath laying ceremony started at Arlington National Cemetery in 1992, and is now performed in veterans' and other cemeteries in all fifty states and beyond. Members of the Haddonfield Chapter are honored to take part in laying wreaths in the Beverly, New Jersey, veterans' cemetery during December.
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